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FBI releases the decryption keys for the year’s worst computer virus.

Posted By Remote Techs On 10-August-2019

2019 might just go down as the year of the GandCrab virus. Thousands of viruses are circulated daily throughout the internet. These are sent out by hackers that hope some of these make it through corporate defenses and get clicked by unknowing staff. This is how hackers get paid.

Most viruses don’t make headlines, making GandCrab the Justin Beiber of computer viruses. It had infected over 500,000 computers worldwide, and caused losses in excess of $300 million.

And Now The Good News

The creators of the virus have stated that they’ve basically made enough money, and they are stopping their efforts to spread the virus any further.

Furthermore, the master decryption keys were released to the FBI. This is great news for anyone that may still be affected by the virus. See details here.

This virus brings home the need for robust network protection – especially for small and mid-sized businesses. If you have less than 500 employees then you are a prime target for more viruses like this.

You Can Take Action Now

If you think you need to improve your network and data security then let’s talk. There’s no one-size-fits-all for cybersecurity but best practices lead to every SMB needing a combination of hardware, software, and employee training to defend itself from cyber attacks.

Here’s a basic list of items to consider:

  • A server that fits your needs
  • A backup and disaster recovery solution (BUDR)
  • Current and regularly maintained workstation
  • An advanced security solution. Watch our video here

If you have any questions contact your trusted managed services provider. If you don’t have one you can call us directly or find one here.